Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 700276
Enabling session saving with Gnome shell makes GUI login unusable
Last modified: 2011-05-02 16:53:54 EDT
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #698184 +++
Description of problem:
Boot from a F15 live image (such as one of those posted at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2011-04-21_GNOME3_Final ), log in as liveuser, open a terminal, run gnome-session-properties, check the box "Automatically remember running applications when logging out", log out and back in. Although running applications in the first workspace are still there, there is no trace of the top panel, the Super key doesn't work, and no obvious way to fix things.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
any recent version (such as the one in F15 Beta)
Reproduced in two different machines which are Gnome shell-capable. Oddly, seems to work fine in fallback mode (for example in a VM). I also saw this earlier with the F15 Beta desktop live image (see http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2011-April/098797.html ). At the time, there were a large number of updates, and I didn't have enough memory to apply them all in a live session, so thought maybe it was already fixed. Appears now that it's not.
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-20 11:02:07 EDT ---
Adjusted summary: it's not using g-s-p that's the problem, but session saving (you also hit the bug if you enable session saving without using g-s-p, and you *don't* hit the bug if you just use g-s-p to set up autostart).
Proposing as F15 blocker; importantly, we should check what happens if you upgrade with this preference set.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-21 15:50:12 EDT ---
Discussed at 2011-04-21 blocker review meeting (http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-bugzappers/2011-04-21/f15-blocker-review.2011-04-21-17.00.html) ...
AGREED: 698184 - AcceptedNTH - further testing of F14->F15 upgrades may elevate to AcceptedBlocker
ACTION: jlaska - test F14->F15 upgrade 698184
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-22 04:11:44 EDT ---
If this isn't fixed by Final, I hope there will be well-publicized instructions so people hit by this can recover a usable system. I still don't know how to do it. (Presumably it's a matter of going to a VT and deleting/editing some files, I don't know which ones, and most casual users wouldn't either.)
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-22 11:19:09 EDT ---
you have to poke some setting in gconf or dconf/gsettings, I believe.
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-22 12:44:31 EDT ---
This was recently reported upstream at https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=647359 and the same fix works here: go to a VT, rm ~/.config/gnome-session-saved-session/*, go back to the GUI, restart X with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace, log in again.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-22 12:53:14 EDT ---
Sorry, I meant "rm ~/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/*".
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-22 13:31:21 EDT ---
Jlaska: Note that https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=647359#c1 says "this happens when upgrading from gnome 2.32 to gnome 3.0.0" so it will probably happen on a F14->F15 upgrade as well. I'd test it but it requires gnome shell (not fallback) which I can't get in a VM.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-26 07:36:32 EDT ---
I just tested this issue and wasn't able to reproduce the failure on upgrade.
= Steps to Reproduce =
1) Installed F-14 with updates
2) Configured session auto-saving and saved firefox and gnome-terminal so they start on login
3) Logout and login to confirm session savings works
4) Ran preupgrade to get to F15
5) Logged in after preupgrade
= Actual Results =
* Gnome-shell starts and launches firefox and gnome-terminal
= Additional information =
* install.log:Installing gnome-session-2.32.0-1.fc14.x86_64
* upgrade.log:Upgrading gnome-session-3.0.0-1.fc15.x86_64
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-26 07:55:52 EDT ---
Created attachment 494887 [details]
(In reply to comment #8)
> I just tested this issue and wasn't able to reproduce the failure on upgrade.
I take that back. The first login after upgrade works just fine. Any subsequent logins are impacted by this issue. The only way I can get a working desktop *after* the first successful login is to remove $HOME/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/gnome-shell.desktop
Attaching $HOME/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/gnome-shell.desktop for inspection. According to upstream GNOME bug#647359 (see https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=647359#c7), the problem is that the attached file calls mutter, not gnome-shell.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-26 08:06:03 EDT ---
Given that this bug is impacted by upgrades (F14->F15), and according to the Beta criteria  "...The upgraded system must meet all release criteria". I think this issue is worth considering as a Final release blocker.
During the last blocker review , there were mixed votes on whether this would be considered a release blocker if it was impacting upgrades. Given that we know upgrades are impacted by this issue ... should this be considered a release blocker?
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-27 05:16:44 EDT ---
This certainly looks like a blocker to me. It's got my vote to find itself on the blocker list.
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-27 10:59:00 EDT ---
given the consequences on upgrade with what's likely to be a reasonably common option, +1 blocker.
--- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2011-04-27 12:40:04 EDT ---
See https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=645539 for the proposed workaround
--- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-04-27 21:21:50 EDT ---
Ah, turns out that the workaround doesn't actually work around anything...
The problem is that the libmutter conversion of gnome-shell did not update the session management support. So you now start /usr/bin/gnome-shell, but it still sets a restart command that runs /usr/bin/mutter
why the clone?
See https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=648828 for a proposed (and tested) fix.
mutter-3.0.1-2.fc15 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 15.
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 15 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing mutter-3.0.1-2.fc15'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).
I booted the GNOME3 test day live image and updated just mutter (that's the best I can do in a live session) and it didn't fix it. Can someone else with more memory or a bare metal install test this?
Created attachment 495808 [details]
(In reply to comment #5)
> I booted the GNOME3 test day live image and updated just mutter (that's the
> best I can do in a live session) and it didn't fix it. Can someone else with
> more memory or a bare metal install test this?
It changed the behavior, but it doesn't appear to have resolved the issue. Any saved windows are started when I attempt to login ... however, the shell panel never starts.
Attaching files included in $HOME/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/
# tar -ztvf /tmp/saved-session-files.tgz
-rw-rw-r-- guset/guset 396 2011-04-29 11:56 home/guset/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/10b1f02395c6440ce130409257985508100000014940036.desktop
-rw-rw-r-- guset/guset 6863 2011-04-29 11:56 home/guset/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/10b1f02395c6440ce130409256313976300000014940035.desktop
-rw-rw-r-- guset/guset 1528 2011-04-29 11:56 home/guset/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/gnome-shell.desktop
Moving back to ASSIGNED. Perhaps more work is needed to properly resolve this issue?
Created attachment 495810 [details]
(In reply to comment #7)
> Moving back to ASSIGNED. Perhaps more work is needed to properly resolve this
With the updated mutter, I can get it behavior properly, if I manually run 'gnome-shell --replace', logout, then login again.
However, if I logout and login another time, I'm greeted with just mutter (no shell).
What is the contents of the desktop files in saved-session when it breaks again ?
Is there one that runs gnome-shell ? Or is there one that runs mutter ?
(In reply to comment #9)
> What is the contents of the desktop files in saved-session when it breaks again
> Is there one that runs gnome-shell ? Or is there one that runs mutter ?
Appears like there are two .desktop files for my saved applications, and then the gnome-shell.desktop seems to run mutter.
# grep -n ^Exec *.desktop
102c6c6c1f76494d96130409298663030400000020380036.desktop:177:Exec=gnome-terminal --sm-client-id 102c6c6c1f76494d96130409298663030400000020380036 --sm-client-state-file /home/guset/.config/session-state/gnome-terminal-1304093054.desktop
10b1f02395c6440ce130409257985508100000014940036.desktop:9:Exec=/usr/bin/firefox --sm-config-prefix /xulrunner-bin-9iH2WR/ --sm-client-id 10b1f02395c6440ce130409257985508100000014940036 --screen 0
gnome-shell.desktop:52:Exec=mutter --sm-client-id 10b04a994531db2436130409300283611000000026160000
This is a case of forgotten patch :-(
New update coming
*** Bug 698184 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
698184 was accepted as a blocker, but discussion and work continued in this clone, so closed that one as a dupe and marking this as a blocker.
Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
A new mutter update that appears to resolve this issue for robatino & I is available for testing ...
mutter-3.0.1-3.fc15 has been pushed to the Fedora 15 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
During Final TC1 upgrade testing, it would probably be a good idea to check if there are temporary problems with session saving caused by having it enabled before the upgrade. After updating mutter, I had to struggle a while before it would work.
I just completed a F14 -> F15 preupgrade. Prior to upgrade, I enabled gnome-sesion autosaving and ensured that firefox and gnome-terminal were saved. After upgrade, I can login without error, and my saved firefox and gnome-terminal applications start without error. This was tested on bare-metal. The mutter installed during the upgrade was mutter-3.0.1-3.fc15.x86_64.
NOTE: There appear to be some applications that do not support session saving. This doesn't seem to be specific to F15. For example, gcalctool and shotwell would not automatically start after login on F14, or in F15. I don't think this issue is specific to the reported bug, and can be tracked separately.
> NOTE: There appear to be some applications that do not support session saving.
> This doesn't seem to be specific to F15. For example, gcalctool and shotwell
> would not automatically start after login on F14, or in F15. I don't think
> this issue is specific to the reported bug, and can be tracked separately.
Yes, that is not new, and unrelated to the problem tracked here.